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The National Museum of Natural Science is the top museum of its kind in Taiwan, a powerhouse of scientific research and a leading national tourist attraction. Volunteering at the Museum is an opportunity to share, learn, serve, meet people, teach, and experience the stimulating environment of natural resources.

volunteer at the information deskThe Museum utilizes more than nine hundred volunteers. They are from diverse backgrounds --- teens, college students, professionals, housewives, and retirees. They staff the information desks, teach school children, conduct guided tours, or act as explainers in the Space Center, Exhibit Halls, and Botanical Garden. The volunteers behind the scenes provide a wide range of essential services, such as assisting in the production of the natural science magazines, working with the collections of the science departments, cataloging and handling books in the library, providing special computer support services, and accepting a myriad of other assignments in the administrative departments. The Volunteer commitment in time and talents has been a notable contribution to the Museum's mission.

The Museum receives hundreds of enquiries every year from people of all ages interested in volunteering here. We ask volunteers to make a regular commitment of at least four hours per week,volunteer at the information desk during usual weekday business hours or at least 16 hours per month on weekends. We recruit new volunteers twice a year: in May and November All volunteers receive their induction and training under the guidance of their core supervisor. The training provides the volunteers with a thorough introduction to the Museum and the core principles that guide us, and also includes orientation issues and specific training for the roles they will be undertaking.

Our volunteering opportunities fall into the following categories:
  1. Volunteering (for adults aged over 18)

    The Museum has hundreds of active volunteers involved in a range of diverse roles. They are unified by a shared appreciation of nature. Serving as volunteers is their way of saying thanks, and involving themselves in a meaningful way with an institution whose goals they support.

  2. Work experience (for school students aged 15-18)

    Work experience in natural science can be the start of a fascinating journey of discovery about nature. We receive hundreds of applications for work experience every year and unfortunately cannot accommodate everybody. However, for those who are lucky enough to secure a placement, we can provide a vital foot in the door and introduction to natural science in practice, as well as an enviable entry on their curriculum vitae to impress university admissions boards.

  3. Work placements (for college students)

    Dovetailing with a college student's studies, a work placement at the Natural Science Museum could provide an early opportunity to experience his/her chosen vocation in practice. But demand always exceeds supply. Successful applications are based on a suitable work opportunity becoming available to meet the objectives of the placement and the applicant's course of study.

Benefits

In addition to the rewarding sense of satisfaction from contributing towards the success of the national finest natural science museum, a volunteer can also enjoy a range of further benefits:

  1. NT$ 500,000 accident insurance and NT$10,000 grant-in-aid
  2. free entry to the galleries and charging exhibitions
  3. a 10 % discount in our Museum shops
  4. staff discount in the Museum's public cafes and restaurants
  5. tickets to our Space IMAX Theater and 3D Theater
  6. invitations to staff and volunteer events and special Museum events at staff rates
  7. some free publications published by the Museum

Application

Before applying for a volunteer at NMNS, please think carefully about:

  1. your reasons for wanting to volunteer
  2. whether you can afford to work unpaid for the time you wish to apply, particularly if you are not already based in Taichung

After deciding to apply for a volunteer at NMNS, you can  register at our Website in May and November. Once we've received your application, we'll contact you for an interview if your skills and availability match our current needs.

International friends, especially English or Japanese speakers, are always welcome to join us. To start the process of becoming a volunteer at NMNS, international friends don't have to complete the Chinese application form. You can send via traditional mail with a copy of your resume to NMNS, Department of Volunteer Services, 1, Guan-chien Rd., Taichung, Taiwan, ROC., or just give us a call at 04-23226940 ext. 349. Ms. Shin Wen-ching(vol@mail.nmns.edu.tw) is the Volunteer Coordinator.

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